As the world’s largest and most populated continent, Asia possesses some truly fascinating and historical towns, villages and cities. Within the 48 countries that comprise Asia; China, Japan, India and Korea are undoubtedly the most popular. Each of these countries possess a unique city that makes Asia a special continent. Whether it is culture, art, nightlife or visual beauty, these five Asian cities are globally famous for a reason.
1. Seoul (South Korea)
The capital city of South Korea, Seoul, is the 15th largest city in the world. With a recent boom in the Korean economy, the city has become a bustling metropolis with enormous skyscrapers, numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites and countless global companies such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai. Seoul was not always a leading attraction worldwide as Korea was liberated from Japanese rule after World War II. The city began to rapidly modernize in the second half of the 20th century and has become the fascinating city it is today.
2. Tokyo (Japan)
The vibrant city of Tokyo is the capital of Japan and one of the most visited cities in the entire world. With more than 13 million people living in Tokyo, it is worth the visit. It was recently voted the “Best Overall Experience” in TripAdvisor’s World City Survey. Visually, Tokyo is somewhat similar to New York City in its skyline, bright lights and busy atmosphere. Its financial success has also resulted in many upscale shopping areas, hotels and restaurants.
3. Beijing (China)
Out of all the countries in Asia, China is arguably the most historic because of its culture which dates back thousands of years. Beijing, the capital of China, represents Chinese culture extremely well. The city’s history, which spans more than three thousand years, has resulted in a beautifully designed landscape filled with temples, gardens, tombs and other magnificent features. Aside from its historic value, Beijing is known for its impressive transportation systems, especially its railways which use high-speed networks.
4. Bangkok (Thailand) Bangkok is the most populated city in Thailand and has a unique and special vibe. Although its roadways and transportation may not be as reliable as those as of Tokyo and Hong Kong, its hectic nature makes Bangkok city famous. Bangkok was named the “World’s Best City” four years in a row by “Travel and Leisure Magazine,” proving its popularity. What makes Bangkok so appealing is its shopping venues, palaces and nightlife.
5. Hong Kong (China)
The island city of Hong Kong is number one on this list due to its significance within China. As the financial center of China, Hong Kong has become a city known for its skyline and highly developed infrastructure. Its public transportation system, which is comprised of railways, buses and ferry service, is among the world leaders in best service. Hong Kong is also recognized as the center of Chinese attractions and entertainment with numerous museums and sporting venues along with a plethora of restaurants offering the local cuisine.